Jason Allen DB 6í2 202 Tennessee
By: Robert Davis
Jason Allen enrolled early at Tennessee, but did not have any notable impact as a true freshman. As a sophomore though, he started to show some flashes of his potential. He finished the year with 57 tackles and 2 interceptions. As a junior though, he made his name known all around the country. After moving to free safety, he made 123 tackles, had two sacks, and two interceptions on the year. Allen's senior year was cut to just five games after dislocating his hip, but was impressive to that point with 35 tackles, three for loss, and a sack.
Allen is a versatile defender in the defensive backfield. He has experience at both safety and corner, and projects very well at the next level at both positions. As a corner, he has the ability to jam the receiver at the line, and turn and run with them. With his experience at safety, he shows the willingness to be physical and take on blockers and make plays in the run game. Allen has the ability to be a very good all around corner. As a free safety, he shows the recognition skills to quickly diagnose plays, and is a real force on making plays in front of him. With his corner experience and ability, he has the chance to be a real ballhawk in coverage.
With him playing safety last year and corner this year, he isnít fully developed at either spot. Allen may be a bit of a project at corner because of the year off as a junior. If he moves back to safety at the next level, the year off will also probably take some time to adjust.
With his versatility, Allen will be in command come draft day. He flirted with leaving last year, but changed his mind at the last minute and decided to return to Tennessee for his final season. When healthy, he has NFL potential at corner or safety. His hip injury has put his future in question however. If he can show that he's fully recovered and will play next season, Allen could return to his normal spot as a potential Top 50 pick.
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